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there are people trying it. from tunisia to hosni mubarak, the great u.s. ally of three decades. to yemen, to worries about al qaeda and extremism in that area of the world. he is supposedly our ally against terrorism. even moammar gadhafi, most americans if they think of him at all think of him as a ridiculous cartoon villain. even he has recently been considered an ostensible american ally. whose planes the american military shot down in 1986. a man whose house ronald reagan shot a missile. even gadhafi was made into a supposed u.s. ally by the george call a diplomatic victory after the fiasco that was the fake weapons of mass destruction in iraq. it is hard enough to figure out how americans can best help out popular uprisings of people that want to determine their own future instead of living under a despot. that is hard enough. how do you figure it out when the despot in question is our despot. when he has enjoyed american support, american seal of approval? that's why there was this collective national stomach turning when we saw images of made in the usa tear gas cannisters thrown
that the military is involved in. the uss mt. whitney was deployed to haiti as the u.s. played a role in ousting the military junta that took over the country. remember when john mccain said today we are all georgians? that was when russia and the nation were having a war and john mccain wanted the u.s. to start fighting russia alongside the georgians? during that war it was the uss mt. whitney that was deployed to deliver aid in georgia and the first ship to reach the port that it went to. mt. whitney is considered the most advanced ship that the u.s. has floated. this is where the u.s. has been running the libyan war out of. between the ship's admiral and the u.s. attorney general, this is where the u.s. has been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mt. whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the war anymore. that effort will now be run by nato. both the no-fly zone part and the bombing ground troops part which they call like protecting civilians. the uss mt. whitney named after the highest peak will no longer be the place where from which it is run. does t
. look. it appears to be number four that drove the u.s. government to dramatically break with the japanese government today, to start giving its own american assessment of what is going on at this reactor and these reactors instead of repeating what the japanese were saying. it is number four, or at least it appears to be the number four reactor that led the u.s. government to say that u.s. citizens should evacuate from an area around the reactor that is larger than what the japanese government has suggested. here is what's going on at reactor four. reactor four reportedly contains 130 tons of spent fuel. there's a reactor there. that was off when the quake happened. but it is still there. there's the reactor there, that was off. that's presumably cool shut down. then the spent fuel pool. 130 tons of spent fuel in that pool.รง for reference, that's about 28% less fuel than what blew up at chernobyl. the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission reportedly has its own experts on site at daiichi. even though japan is not saying this, american nuclear authorities, our nuclear regu
the opportunity to do that in a way that u.s. presidents usually do. president obama taking all sorts of criticism from the right for not cancelling his trade visit to latin america as a result of this military action in libya. the white house knew that criticism would come. their decision to go ahead with the trip and forego the chest-thumping commander in chief theater at the start of a military convention, that is a fascinating and blunt demonstration of how much this presidency is not like that of george w. bush. do you remember when george w. bush campaigned for president by saying he wanted america to have a humble foreign policy? candidates for president love to say stuff like that. >> i don't think it's a role of the united states to walk into a country and say we do it this way, so should you. >> the united states must be humble and proud of our values, but humble in figure out how to chart their course. >> candidates say stuff like that when they are running because americans like that idea. americans like to vote for the idea. we like that kind of talk and we expect it from candidates.
, again replacing the u.s. a senior u.s. official telling reporters that more arab nations are expected to contribute to the no-fly zone in the next several days. the obama administration is doing everything it can to keep the american role here as low profile as possible. the consequences of that strategy at home look like this. at, sarkozy's war. sarkozy, he's french. everybody freak out. and a part of the american right that never met a military intervention they did not like is loudly upset at the lack of presidential chest thumping. they want him in a flight suit, fake landing a fighter jet, preferably with cinched up straps around the crotch. the weekly standard ran an editorial today which i do not think was sarcastic. they wrote president obama is taking us to war in another muslim country. good for him. not sarcastic, at least i don't think so. after noting concerns about perceptions the u.s. was invading another muslim country, bill kristol at the weekly standard wrote rubbish. that's how they talk at the weekly standard. our invasions, he wrote, have been liberat
the level of american commitment to the war and how much the u.s. is willing to devote to that war in terms of money and time and equipment and man power and risk. in terms of america's lead military role in the war thus far, the obama administration has been saying from the start that the u.s. would hand that off in a matter of days, not weeks. 11 days ago in a meeting with congressional leaders, president obama reportedly assured members of congress that the handover would be, and i quote, in days, and not weeks. defense secretary bob gates echoed that time line on board a military plane a few days later to moscow. >> we expect in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition. we will be a member of the coalition, a military role in the coalition, but we will not have the preeminent role. >> in a matter of days, we will not have the preeminent role. that was over a week ago. fast forward to sunday night when nato supreme allied commander in europe posted this update on facebook, yes, seriously, a facebook update. h
covert u.s. government support for rebel leaders. >> the new york times reports small groups of operatives have been working in libya for several weeks. the unknown number of american officers according to times gathering intelligence for air strikes and making contact with rebels. now, does this mean that the cia is in libya as a pseudo military force to topple gadhafi the way the cia participated as a pseudo military force in toppling the taliban in afghanistan back in 2001? the times goes out of its way and is reporting to say no. first the afghanistan worked with military forces on the ground in afghanistan. in libya, the u.s. is still ruling out ground troops. second, in afghanistan, the cia provided weapons to the opposition forces that were there fighting the taliban. so far in libya, the u.s. is not saying we are doing that. the u.s. is not saying we are arming the rebels, but as i understand it, this presidential finding, if it has happened, would be the kind of instrument that president obama would use to authorize something like arming the rebels. again, i am not t
radiation exposure was detected in 17 members of the u.s. navy doing relief mission to japan. it was equivalent to one month's worth of radiation. the way they were decontaminated was through using soap and water. the disaster in japan is, of course, still on-going. one of the ways the japanese government is trying to avoid nuclear meltdown at the reactors is by periodically releasing steam into the atmosphere of the reactors, steam that is radio actively contaminated. officials say the radioactive releases don't pose a major health risk, but if they continue doing this, does it have a cumulative effect? japanese officials estimate about 190 people have been exposed at some level to some radiation from the plant within the last four days. should we expect that number to go up and what are the potential long term effects here. joining us now, david brenner, the director for center of radiological research. columbia medical center. thanks for being here. appreciate it. >> appreciate it. >> did i get anything wrong? >> you had it right. >> i keep saying bad news things leading i
regulatory commission making the announcement that preceded the u.s. government saying that we think people should evacuate a region even larger than japan had suggested. it's a short statement that he makes here. i'm just going to play it one more time for emphasis. >> we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. >> which could possibly impact -- which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. here's how "the new york times" explained why that is so important, why i think that sound bite was important enough to play twice. i think they said this exactly right, and it's really important. "if the american analysis is accurate and emergency crews at the plant have been unable to keep the spent fuel at that inoperative reactor properly cooled, radiation levels could make if difficult not only to fix the problem at reactor number 4 but to keep servicing any of the other problem reactors at the plant. in the worst case, experts say, workers could be forced to vacate the plant altogether, and the fue
in tokyo, ten times normal, but then reports that, you know, some u.s. service members were absolutely tested positive for having been exposed to radiation, that folks at two of the u.s. naval bases in the tokyo area were asked to stay indoors. i mean, just these reports that continue to trickle out. and i think you have to add into that, rachel, the fact that there are growing concerns about whether or not the folks here know the entire story. it's not in the nature of the japanese, necessarily, to strongly question these kinds of things but those questions are starting to be asked. and so even here a growing sense of unease and even if you could avoid those news reports, we continue to have these aftershocks. there was a pretty big one several hours ago, shook the building where i am right now. so there are these constant reminders everywhere you go, rachel. >> is the government able to accomplish the basic facts of an authority in a situation like this in terms of communicating with people, in terms of managing people's communication with one another, facilitating that, water, food,
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